What do Dell, Microsoft, and Apple have in common? . . . Besides computers

All three companies were founded and led by college dropouts. That’s right; Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs all dropped out of college to become three of the most successful businessmen of all time. These are definitely three great American success stories. However, their successes are being used by some to argue that the

How many students are really graduating?

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education found that the national graduation rate to be around 74 percent. But does this mean that nearly a quarter of high school students drop out? Not necessarily. First of all, most graduation rates, like the one calculated by the department, are “on-time” graduation rates. These rates

Mixed results on our National Report Card

Yesterday the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics for 4th and 8th graders. The math assessment focused on measuring students’ grasp of mathematical concepts and their ability to apply those concepts to solve problems. Overall, there was little or no change